It’s time I provided an adequate summary of recent Sowers History for scholarly record. First, as was previously indicated, I am no longer an employee of the Virtual Environments Lab. I offered to provide an account of my stay, but no recounting would be complete without profanity and an hour’s worth of vocal ranting (which could easily translate into fourteen pages digitally). Thus, I will abstain from such tales. However, feel free to ask me in person, in which case you should keep your children out of earshot and get a comfortable chair.
Second, I am now a graduate student. Classes are as unendearing as ever, but the highlight is that I am a TA for CS111 - Introduction to Data Structures. I enjoy teaching and it’s pretty laid back, so I’m very much looking forward to my first lecture come Friday.
Third, I am a participant in the RedOctane Experimental Gameplay Competition, which I mentioned on my other blog (and may have mentioned here). I made it into the 2nd round, which has two important implications: (a) I get a free RedOctane dance mat, and (b) I get to program the game design I submitted. I’ve been slacking off on the programming, but I’m still supremely confident that I can implement my game idea in time.
Fourth, Mario Strikers has occupied a great deal of my time. It’s the Mario Soccer game, and it offers great multiplayer gameplay and a very challenging computer. My only problem is that it lacks depth, which is the same problem I have with most of the Mario sports games. There could be a little more variety and substance, thus you may want to consider waiting for it to drop below $50, but there’s still a lot of fun to be had.
Fifth, the Snakes on a Plane party was excellent. We all had snakes and we all had planes, and we were the biggest geeks in the theater - a title I wear with pride and gusto. The movie was excellent with respects that it did live up to the hype and did not disappoint in the ‘horrible yet quotable’ lines category. But it is something you have to see with a group or you will lose a lot of the energy. If you want an actual quality assessment of the movie, you will never, ever find one.
Annnndddd, I’m out.